Agriculture in Developing Countries: Technology Issues presents an experimental approach of testing new possibilities and combinations to match the changes taking place in the agricultural production environment of developing countries. While emphasizing the importance of combining scientific and indigenous knowledge, this book argues that sustained agricultural development can be achieved only by promoting farmers' participation in technology development. It provides empirical evidence for this, using recent primary data from across Asia. This book is topical considering that the agriculture scenario in many countries has been undergoing a transformation due to various factors such as changes in governments' macroeconomic policies and climatic variations. The book also highlights that in order to minimize the negative impact of farmers' own yield gaps (the difference between farmers' own potential and actual yields) on their income levels, it is important that new approaches to agricultural technological development be employed in the form of more opportunities rather than a single crop production technology.
Keijiro Otsuka is currently Professor and Director of the FASIDGRIPS Joint Graduate Program jointly organized by the Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development and the National Graduate Institute for Policy Studies in Tokyo. He holds an M.A. in Social Sciences from the Tokyo Metropolitan University and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago. He is also the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines. He is the President-elect for 2006-09 of the International Association of Agricultural Economists. His area of research interest includes development economics, industrial development and environmental economics. He has received several prestigious awards for his outstanding research publications. Kaliappa Kalirajan is presently Professor at the Australian National University, Canberra and also Professor at the Foundation for Advanced Studies in International Development, Tokyo. He has taught econometrics, economic theory and economic development to undergraduate and graduate students in a number of universities. He has published widely in academic journals and has several books to his credit.
Preface Technology Issues in Developing Countries' Agriculture - Kaliappa Kalirajan and Keijiro Otsuka Economic Assessment of an Indigenous Technology in Bangladesh - Md Abdus Samad Azad and Mahabub Hossain Research Investment on Technology Development in Peninsular India - G S Ananth, P G Chengappa and Aldas Janaiah Impact of Forage Options for Beef Production on Small Farms in China - N D Macleod, S Wen and M Hu Optimal Land-use with Carbon Payments and Fertilizer Subsidies in Indonesia - Russell M Wise and Oscar J Cacho Deterioration of Tank Irrigation Systems and Poverty in India - Kei Kajisa Agricultural Technology and Children's Occupational Choice in the Philippines - Keijiro Otsuka, Jonna P Estudillo and Yasuyuki Sawada A Panel Data Model for the Assessment of Farmer Field Schools in Thailand - Suwanna Praneetvatakul and Hermann Waibel Index
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